An Afghan hero who lost both legs while serving the nation wants to resume his duty with the Afghan National Army (ANA).
Sergeant Islamgul was wounded while defusing mines in Sangin district of Helmand province.
Throughout his service as a member of a mines disposal team in 215 Maiwand Corp in Helmand province, he defused more than 1500 mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). “I lost my legs while serving to protect my people. I want to go back to my job and train more ANA soldiers how to defuse mines and IEDs,” he said. “I defused more than 1500 mines and IEDs; this is a defeat for the enemies of peace.” Sergeant Islamgul is proud of his service. “I cannot tolerate seeing Taliban planting mines and IEDs on the roads to kill civilians. I joined the army to protect innocent people and serve my beloved country, Afghanistan,” he said.
Sergeant Islamgul is under treatment in Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Military hospital in Kabul.
“I am very proud of our government and appreciate the care and treatment in this hospital. I especially thank the Acting Minster of Defence for visiting me in the hospital and arranging for me to receive prosthetic legs in Turkey,” Sergeant Islamgul told Sada-e Azadi magazine.
Sergeant Islamgul’s limbs had to be amputated below the knees when he was brought in to the hospital eight months ago. According to Doctor Azim, an orthopaedic sureon in Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Military hospital, he is in a better condition. “Islamgul feels better now and ready for prosthetic legs. With prosthetic legs, he can go back to his job if he wants to.”
Another Afghan hero, Sergeant Mohammad Zahir, lost two legs when the vehicle they were travelling in hit an IED in Kandahar. He served as a member of mine and IED disposal team at 205 Hero Corp in Kandahar.
“Afghan men and women all over Afghanistan, especially young Afghans have to defend the country. I will defend our homeland against the enemies of peace to the last drop of my blood,” Sergeant Zahir said.